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David Ortiz signed baseball to FCC chairman with F-Bomb

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Over at Bleacher Report today, Joon Lee has an oral history of the time when, in the wake of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, David Ortiz gave his instantly famous “This is our F***ing city” speech at Fenway Park.

The story is, quite obviously, about the city, the impact of the bombings and the inspirational role Ortiz and the Red Sox played in the recovery from that tragedy. But there is a hilarious side note to it all too.

Ortiz’s speech was on television, of course, and pursuant to FCC guidelines, one is not supposed to drop an F-bomb on broadcast TV when little ears might be listening. Indeed, Ortiz could’ve been fined for that. The then-FCC chairman Julius Genachowski fielded complaints, but he was watching it as it happened and he says in the story that, at the time, he thought to himself “No f–king way are we going to punish this.”

And they did not punish that, later telling Ortiz that the context mattered and the city needed to hear what he had to say. Gee, remember when the FCC did what people wanted?

Eventually Ortiz would meet Genachowski, and Ortiz would give him a gift:

Ortiz: The FCC came to the field with his whole family. He wanted to meet me, and I was like, Oh s–t. I’m in trouble.

Genachowski: We got to meet Big Papi in the dugout.

Ortiz: It was like, “Look, you said something that got this city moving forward. It took the fear out of people. You have no idea what you just said. That’s going to be in the history of New England forever. It was right when we needed it. Don’t worry. We needed that F-bomb.”

Genachowski: I asked Big Papi to sign a baseball, and he wrote, To Julius: F–king awesome.

A photo of the ball is in the story. Go check the entire thing out.

Dodgers look to join the Red Sox in the World Series

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One team has punched its ticket to the Fall Classic. Two teams are looking to join them, with the Dodgers carrying the distinct advantage. Los Angeles needs only a split in the final two games of the NLCS while Milwaukee needing to win both games at home. Doable? Absolutely. But to do it, the Brewers are going to have to wake up their sleepy bats.

NLCS Game 6

Dodgers vs. Brewers
Ballpark: Miller Park
Time: 8:39 PM Eastern
TV: FS1
Pitchers:  Hyun-Jin Ryu vs Wade Miley
Breakdown:

The Dodgers will give the ball to left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu, who tossed seven shutout innings in Game 1 of the NLDS but allowed two runs and tossed 72 pitches, failing to get out of the fifth inning, in Game 2 against Milwaukee. Even if he again turns in a short outing Dave Roberts should feel pretty confident, however, as the Dodgers’ bullpen — considered a question mark coming into this series — has allowed only three runs in in 21 and two-thirds innings of work.

For Milwaukee it’s once again Wade Miley, who was the Game 5 “starter,” but who pitched to only one batter. I suppose it’s possible that Craig Counsell will burn him like that again, but it seems more likely that Miley will actually pitch in this game rather than be used as a decoy.

As I noted the other day, though, the Brewers’ pitching gamesmanship has not really been a factor in this series. The real problem for them has been their offense. They’ve scored only 16 runs in five games while batting .219. That’s actually identical to the Dodgers’ run total and average overall, but L.A. has been better at distributing that meager offense. Milwaukee has been cold at the worst times, too, going 5-for-35 with runners in scoring position in the series, including one for their last 11. If that doesn’t change, their season ends tonight.